In this issue:
Liaison Breakfast at Phoenix meetings
The annual liaison’s breakfast will be held on Saturday morning,
January 10, from 7:00-8:30, in the Regency D room at the Hyatt Regency.
We hope you plan to join us. If you haven't registered for the 2004
Joint Meetings yet, you still have time; the deadline for advance
registration is December 12. Please visit http://www.ams.org/amsmtgs/2074_intro.html
for more details.
Undergraduate Program in Mathematics
First session: March 5-8, 2004, at High Point University in High Point,
Second session: January 8-10, 2005, inAtlanta, GA
Final session: January 10-11, 2006, in San Antonio, TX
Application deadline February 2, 2004.
In his recent article “The Four A's: Accountability, Accreditation,
Assessment, and Articulation,” Lynn Steen pointed out that “as higher
education has become more important, more prevalent, and more costly,
those who pay the bills - administrators, trustees, legislators,
- are beginning to ask for evidence of value.”
With support from the National Science Foundation, the MAA Supporting
Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics (SAUM) project aims to assist
faculty develop effective methods of assessing courses, blocks of
courses, or entire programs within the mathematics department, not only
to answer the external calls for accountability, but even more
important, to assist faculty as they make critical decisions about
course and curricular revision. (For more information about SAUM,
including the full text of Steen’s article, visit http://www.maa.org/saum.)
This three-session workshop, designed for teams of two-three members,
will focus on assessment of entire degree
programs for undergraduate mathematics majors. For additional
information, including application material, visit the PREP site, http://www.maa.org/prep
This is the time to renew your MAA membership for 2004. You should have
gotten your renewal notice in the mail by now. If for some reason you
get yours, you can renew by calling the MAA service center at
New on MAA Online
In addition to regular news and information of interest to the
mathematical community, MAA Online offers an array of regular features,
such as columns and book reviews. Two recent additions are Ed Pegg's "Math Games"
Sandifer's "How Euler Did It."
Information about the 2004 Professional Enhancement
(PREP) workshops is now available at http://www.maa.org/prep.
Registration for 2004 will open right after the Phoenix meetings. More
details will appear in the February issue of FOCUS.
Also for summer 2004, eight new Preparing Mathematicians to Educate
Teachers (PMET) workshops will be offered to help mathematics faculty
become more informed about the mathematical issues that arise in school
mathematics, and the special training that future teachers need to
properly address those issues.
CUPM announces new
The MAA Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics has
completed work on "Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the
Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide 2004." CUPM began issuing
reports in 1953, updating them at roughly
10-year intervals. The committee began work on CUPM Guide 2004 in 1999,
culminating in recommendations approved unanimously by CUPM in January
2003. CUPM has held panel discussions, met with focus groups, and
solicited position papers from prominent mathematicians. Through its Curriculum Foundations project,
CUPM's subcommittee on Curriculum Renewal Across the First Two Years
(CRAFTY) has conducted workshops with participants from a broad range
of partner disciplines.
While earlier CUPM reports have focused primarily on the major,
CUPM Guide 2004 makes six broad recommendations for the entire
college-level mathematics curriculum. These six recommendations have
been endorsed by the Board of Governors of the MAA. Additional
recommendations concern specific student audiences: students taking
general education and introductory courses, those majoring in partner
disciplines and preparing for K-8 teaching, and mathematical sciences
majors. In addition to recommendations for all majors, CUPM Guide 2004
addresses the special needs of majors who intend to teach or seek
nonacademic employment as well as those preparing for graduate study in
the mathematical sciences or in related fields.
The volume is now in production, and will be printed sometime in
January. A copy will be mailed to every department. The document is
already available online at http://www.maa.org/cupm.
Advancing Community College Careers: Education, Scholarship and Service
The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, AMATYC, and
the Mathematical Association of America, MAA, announce the
creation of Project ACCCESS, a mentoring and professional development
initiative for two-year college faculty funded by the ExxonMobil
Foundation. Project ACCCESS is a program for new or recently
hired faculty interested in advancing the teaching and learning of
mathematics in two-year colleges. Its goal is to develop a cadre
of faculty who are effective teachers and who engage in a full range of
professional activities in the mathematics community. For further
information, visit http://www.maa.org/ProjectACCCESS.
spot now for a mathematical tour of England
Those who have an interest in the history of mathematics, and want to
visit sites of special interest to modern mathematics, will no doubt
want to make reservations to join the MAA's Second Annual Mathematical
Study Tour. This year's tour, scheduled for May 20-June 3, 2004, offers
a range of opportunities for learning and relaxation. For details,